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A Tragic Night

By solkku
Last night was probably the most tragic night in Porvoo's history for a long time, as the big old cathedral burned down. =(

It all started at about 2 AM when I sat in front of my computer, and suddenly heard all kind of sirens at the same time; firetrucks, police cars and ambulances. I knew something was wrong, so I took a look out of my window. The sight was quite devastating; 5-10 metres high flames on top of the church. Even though it was a sad moment I just had to bring my camera to the window and start taking some shots. After filling the 1GB memory card once and emptying it to the hard drive, my friend called and wondered if I would like to go take some closer shots from the river. He came and pick me up and then we drove off. The sight from there was even more tragic, and I just knew there was nothing stopping the flames, as the roof had collapsed already. Luckily the brave firemen saved the church's interior almost entirely as the fire on the roof was tamed so quickly.

Today the police started investigating the fire, and it turned out that it had been started by someone from the outside. =( I mean what goes through a person's mind when he/she decides to burn a 800-year old church? It's sick! Hopefully the police catches that person soon.

The repair cost of the church is estimated to be around 10 million euros, and the repairs will be ready in 2009.

This shot is dedicated to all the hardworking and brave firemen that saved the church from being more destroyed. You are our heroes!

I sent the best shots to different newspapers this morning, so tomorrow we'll see if any of them got published.

Paavo

Tags: Photo journalism

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Comments


redstag 10 100 15 United Kingdom
29 May 2006 1:42PM
Great description, excellent record shot. Will you be posting any of the devastation?
This is very evocative.
Jon

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thorn 12 124 2 Scotland
29 May 2006 2:02PM
Hi Paavo,this is an excellent shot and brilliantly captured during what must have been a really tragic incident full of people rushing around.So sorry to read about your cathedral and night of mayhem.We don't know what goes through their minds as we wouldn't dream of doing it.I agree well done to all the heroes and hardworking people that saved your cathedral being destroyed more than it was.Brilliant piece of photo journalism.Take care.AnnSmile
ericfaragh 12 132 3 United Kingdom
29 May 2006 2:06PM
Good graphic image, great impact from its simplicity.
29 May 2006 2:13PM
good luck on getting it published...great !
yoguko 12 302 United Kingdom
29 May 2006 2:39PM
Excellent. Good tribute as well.
jaktis 12 84 Sweden
29 May 2006 10:04PM
It is all to common pyromania. Great dramatic picture.

Peter
skydivemike 11 47 Northern Ireland
30 May 2006 12:04AM
Well done and said mate.

Mike
old timer 12 55 1 Scotland
30 May 2006 3:48AM
What a dramatic shot, Paavo, and a sad tale.
Jim
Kordis 10
30 May 2006 8:57AM
|| Great composition and story.love it ||
Hawkgenes 11 10 United Kingdom
30 May 2006 9:27AM
It certaily is tragic to see something as old as that go up in flames, especially at the hands of a yob.

You achieved a great picture though. You were certainly in the right place at the right time, photographically speaking.

Hawk

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